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11 things I love about Almaty

I’ve been in Almaty nearly a week now, and I’ve enjoyed myself tremendously here. The city is beautifully located at the foot of the Zailiyskiy Alatau Mountains (or the Tian-Shan Mountains, their better known Chinese name), it’s summer, the weather is lovely (even the occasional daily burst of rain), there’s lots to see and do, […]

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Carlingford: colours, craic and leprechauns

Dublin and Belfast: two capitals, two countries. Although that might not be the case in the future, if some of the predictions in the aftermath of last week’s dramatic Brexit will come to pass. The EU will feature a bit further along in this story, in a way you might not quite expect. For now, […]

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World at a Glance: Le Locle, built for watchmakers

I’m up in the cool, crisp air in Switzerland’s Jura mountains, in the somewhat obscure little town of Le Locle. Just like its neighbour, La Chaux-de-Fonds, this town owes its existence to one of the country’s many claims to fame: watch production.

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Christiansfeld: history and honey cakes

One of the latest sites to be added to UNESCOs World Heritage list is Christiansfeld, a Moravian Christian settlement on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. Seeing as it’s just down the street (more or less), I decide to make a day of it. An hour or so in the air and 40 minutes in a […]

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Enchanting Chanthaburi and community-based tourism

Chanthaburi is one of Thailand ‘s lesser-known treasures, with a beautiful church, the fascinating 300-year-old Chanthaboon River Community, gemstones and delicious fruit.

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Chong Changtune Live Eco-museum: A Day at the Spa

As you may remember, I’ve decided to say yes to everything… well, at least most things. Here’s the second episode in the sporadic series Sophie tries new things. Subtitle: Steam bath in a chicken coop. Outdoors. In 40° C. In a word: Awesome!

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Sophie tries new things: Thai massage in Bangkok

My first taste of Thai massage is equal parts pain and pleasure. My masseuse squeezes, kneads, pokes, punches, rubs. I’m bent and twisted and stretched in every conceivable direction – and some which were until now quite inconceivable.

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